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to a deal in washington today. you can tell from the sell-off, investors do not like it. >> no, posting their largest decline since november 14th, in case you were wondering. although we are off the lows of the session right now. the dow was down 189 two hours into the trading session. we've come off those lows. but at this point, the dow is down 1% for the week and we are down 1% today at 13,173. nasdaq lower, as well. let's see how many percentage points we're down right now. down 1.25%. the technology sector is taking a bigger hit today. down to 3,012 on the nasdaq and the s&p 500 index is down 1% at 1428. . >> house speaker john boehner says he's still open to a offer from the democrats. >> it was a dramatic evening last night. john harwood was there. he has the latest on the on talks. are there any talks, john? >> i think so. but they're pretty muted. this bill was not win of those weeks that makes washington look good. come to think of it, there aren't many weeks that make washington look good. but this was especially especially difficult because you had negotiations getting close
out of washington. we have boehner coming out with plan b. we are getting harry reid response saying that speaker banners -- boehner approach is very far away. the markets have managed to move back higher. there is a look at the nasdaq. the dow is a winner of about .5%. connell: let's follow up on this breaking news on the speaker of the house john boehner. dagen: richardson is live in washington, d.c. with what the heck. rich: the house will vote as early as this week to extend tax rates for those making less than a million dollars a year. house speaker john boehner says he is still negotiating plan a with president obama. the reason for the backup plan, speaker boehner says, after optimism, the white house is latest offer has soured the mood within republicans. >> it was essentially a $1.3 trillion in new revenues for only $853 billion in net spending reductions that is not balanced in my opinion. rich: there are substantial differences. the speaker is willing to allow a rate hike on those earning less than, excuse me, more than 1 million. speaker boehner wants a $1 trillion in spe
lunch." we have three major news conferences in washington, d.c. president obama will nominate senator john kerry to be his next secretary of state. harry reid will be on the senate floor and house minority leader nancy pelosi will discuss the cliff crisis. with plan b history, washington is scrambling to get a deal done. the markets however are decidedly worried. dow jones has been down triple digits almost all session. we are off our worst lefs, down about 174 point a few moments ago. down 152 on the dow. 17 to the minus side and nasdaq is off almost 40. let's go to washington where john har wood is standing by with the latest on the fiscal cliff follies. john? >> all follies so far, sue. we had house speaker john boehner come out today and have a news conference explaining the failure of his plan b last night which stunned a lot of people because both boehner and eric cantor majority leader said they were confident they had the most to pass it. what he said today at a news conference is that there were members who had a perception which he said was incorrect. it would raise taxes. t
advisors and steven gil garcetg and our own jeff cox. no encouraging words out of washington, here we go again, from either the fed or congress. >> right, and frankly that's very expected. there's going to be a -- some grandstanding about your political philosophies right up until the end, but the way i view this is we will not and cannot go over the fiscal cliff. >> you think the can will be kicked down the road. >> well, i think washington learned its lessons from the credit crisis. they are not going to have this go over the cliff, and i think it's going to be a recipe of a small part of cutting spending. a small part of raising taxes and a healthy doze of kicking the gan down the road. >> you would be so sure that these guys cannot do it when in fact here we are 18 days away. steve sax from your standpoint in, terms of etfs and in terms of indexing out there, how do you want to invest given all of these uncertainties as we approach year end? >> i'm in the camp i certainly hope we can avoid the fiscal cliff, but right now i don't have a lot of confidence. we're still seeing a lot of f
the fiscal cliff. not just yet. they have not come to a solution in washington. that is front and center. we are also seeing a flock to the area that are safe. the dollar is higher. gold is higher. we are also -- there is a look at the dow jones one week. last friday we close that 13,135. we are still actually of about 30 points for the week. that is if we were to close right here. for right now, certainly, read on the screen because there is so much concern about washington. melissa: thank you so much. many believe the speaker in the senate, but it did notie -@even make it through the house last night. i next asked is not confident it will happen within the next year. >> we will see what the president says. after what has happened this week, it is not clear what the way forward is. it is more likely than not that we will grow into january without a deal. melissa: what does that really mean for the economy? >> it is to businesses to decide when they change their holdings. there is some spending programs that will be extended. they are uncertain about the outlook. there are a variety of ways
wash memorial -- at a washington memorial service he is expected to attend the final memorial with the first lady. >>> travel was a real nightmare for a lot of people earlier this week, but not today. good news for those of you heading home for the holidays. david lee miller, david? >> doug, what a difference a couple of days makes. some 5. million americans will be flying this holiday season. you can take a look at laguardia, despite this is one of the busiest travel days of the year things are moving like clockwork. not a single flight has been canceled that we have seen so far or delayed. some of the arrivals are getting here earlier than expected. as you mentioned just a couple days ago there were some 1,000 cancellations. that's when a storm slammed the midwest. now for the most part system wide there are very few problems to report. only 40 cancellations and about 500 delays. this is across the entire united states. we talked to a couple of travelers here at la gay you are de yaw. at laguardia. they always prepare for the worst, but it looks to be a relatively easy trave
that will automatically kicked in. and pelosi has some wise words for washington. please listen terror. >> this is a moment of truth. the clock is ticking. christmas is coming. the goose is getting fat. in many homes across america it is very, very lean times. you cannot cut your way to deficit reduction. lou: that's right. pelosi says we cannot get our way to deficit reduction. listen to the top democrat in the house of representatives, the former speaker of the house unveiling -- on dealing with the fiscal crisis one more time. >> in many homes across america ad is a very, very lean time. you cannot cut your way to deficit reduction. lou: today said minority leader appeared to be trying to outperform policy and the political rhetoric of the absurd . senator reid's reason to be wary of reducing spending. >> the european community now is concerned about all the austerity. there are many, many things you can do to reduce debt but still have a stimulus aspect of the economy. >> that -- lou: the senate's top democrat believes we should return to europe for inspiration and guidance for fis
of a resolution, but right now the comments that we got a couple of minutes ago out of washington does not really help the situation. >> so what's the strategy, jonathan? what's the strategy given the comments that we just heard. >> not knowing what taxes will be like next year, i agree with what you said before earlier. you have to take some of the profits off the table, pear down some of your risk and exposure and hold on to ones that you think in the locker term will have performing gains. >> joining us late, the comments we're talking about came from senate majority leader harry reid who said he does not expect a deal before christmas, and he also said if the republicans are expecting the democrats to come up with a list of spending cuts they want, it's not going to happen. they are expecting the republicans to come forward with that first. those are the comments that we've been talking about. carol roth, you're the one that's been identifying those financial planners who are telling their clients sell those winners, and to hang on to the losers here. >> right. this is completely backwards to
'm not going to say it. >> you are in our hearts. you can tell us what's going on in washington. what's going on in washington? >> bad dynamics. >> really? >> those of us optimistic there'd be a deal. the white house has blasted boehner's offer as much as the republicans blasted the president's. people like to say, oh, they're going to posture, but behind the scenes they're working it out. they're not. >> i hear chuck todd reported yesterday behind the scenes a top aide to barack obama, willie geist. and this -- i don't -- i'm not really good at reading the tea leaves. maybe this is good, maybe this is bad. but a top obama aide yesterday told chuck todd that if the republicans -- if these republicans were in power when abraham lincoln were there, there would still be slavery. does that help the process move along? or does it hurt? i don't really know -- >> reading between the lines. >> i know one direction, i know boy bands. >> reading between the lines, that's probably a bad omen. we do have four weeks, though. >> that's bad. >> absolutely. we have, i believe, we have 27 negotiating days. un
that reflects conservative ideas. match that with the researchers in washington that to the policy work for heritage. connell: i think a lot of people will hear or read about this today and think about the conversation we have been having about the future of the republican party. does the tea party still have, you know, lindsey graham just put a statement out saying he is very disappointed that demint is leaving. the conservative movement lost a strong voice. he will do a great job at heritage. is this part of that story? >> i think senator demint believes that the republican message going into the election was a strong one. it just simply was not well articulated. i agree with senator demint. i do not believe that the republican party has to transform its position and become more moderate. take an idea like economic growth. the difference between 2% growth and 3.5% is a different like night and day. senator demint told me he started his career as a market researcher and advertising. he knows how to communicate with people. he became very frustrated sitting in the senate failing to do a
leader, eric kantor, warning lawmakers they will stay in washington until a fiscal deal is reached. allen west is here. before we get to the idea of staying in washington, you have said that negotiating with president obama is, to quote you, silly. >> i think when you look at what just happened today, the federal reserve will go into what is using -- >> greta: printing money. a fancy way to say it -- >> to the tune of $45 million a month foritous buy up our own treasury stocks. the argument is about $85 billion per year. when you put it thatn that context and understand that revenues have increased in the united states of america by 10% and spending by the for the government has increased 16% and we have a federal government spending 25s% of our gross domestic product, this is not a revenue issue, this is a spending issue. i think what we need to do is come up with the right type of legislation to solve this thing, keep these tax rates where they are and then if we want to come back next year and do the right thing, as far as the comprehensive tax scprmpl really solving this and promoting
in washington will have on pleasant and possibly exceedingly painful consequences wall street today sold off sharply despite more positive news on an economy that is now obviously growing and building momentum. the dow jones industrial fell 121 points. the s&p down 39 and a half, nasdaq lost 29 points. to assess what is now a bright new economic prospects and the consequence of further gathering in irresponsibity in washington, we are joined by economist john lonski, noted fundanager and strategist harvey eisen, and in other news from washington tonight president obama nominating senator john kerry to be the next secretary of state with their views on kerry, benghazi, obama's foreign policy. we will be talking with fox his national security analyst k. t. mcfarland, former ambassador john bolton, and today the national rifle association exactly one week after the sandy hook school massacre has come up with a proposal for securing every school in this country, and it is such an obvious solution, so simple it immediately raises the question, why didn't anyone else think of it? well, we begin to
for staying with us for the next hour. do you want to know what just happened tonight in washington? do you want to know what just happened, with congress just unexpectedly imploding and the republicans in congress dissolving into a huge internal fight, including screaming matches within their own caucus and all of a sudden they're just turning off the light and abandoning what they were doing and nobody really knows why and nobody knows what happens next? do you want to know how we got here and why this just happened and why it's reallhere. okay? this is jim demint. jim demint was re-elected senator for south carolina not this past election, 2012, but in 2010. you might remember he was the guy who had the good fortune in 2010 to be running against a young man named alvin green on the democratic side. it was not a hotly contested race. mr. did emint won by 34 points. and that freed him up to spread a bunch of his own campaign cash and his own energy that year on other campaigns and other candidates that he favored. and that has been the way that jim demint has built his influence in politic
. >> and in washington, the nra breaks it's silence. the kudlow report starts now. >> all right let's go to john harwitt first in dc. i think i agree with what you were saying first. >>> he moved to plan b and the hope that further negotiations could produce progress. >> our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less and have their current rates extended. i continue to have hope. that would reduce spending as well as revenues on the table. >> but of course the democrats in the senate. didn't see plan b as a step forward. harry reid came out and said, john boehner is walking away from the nenegotiations. >> every time we get down to something from the long-term financial think for this country. they do the charlie brown thing, they jerk the ball away. and this is what is going on. >> the posturing conceals the process that we are not aware of. but i talked to a budget aid that said, he thinks things are getting worse in terms for prospects of a deal. >> by the way, my contacts have said the same thing. you thank you very, very much. all of this may be defying predictions. it is a
.5%. connell: a news alert from washington. you will see it here live from d.c. as we wait for the speaker, we will hear from a guy who says >> whatever god deal is signed, there will be a lot of pressure. boehner will have to cut a deal that raises taxes. their idea of fiscal conservatism, for two decades, has only been about taxes. meanwhile, under current sentiment, underneath him, why don't you finally go after spending. those tea party people will be completely hostile to whatever deal comes up. connell: the reason he is speaker of the house is because of those tea party. the same group that may, if you are right though i drive him out of town. >> he has been systematically pushing tea party people out of committees in order to get his conference more in line. connell: he better kind of followed the line here. >> that is how you organize and discipline. it will hurt the economy without solving the problem. connell: is he supposed to -- that would be characterized as a "grand bargain." if you are right, his job is literally on the line. >> there isn't much of an option. he has not been tal
about it. the only thing being we're relying on our leaders in washington to try to craft some sort of solution. >> did you have quotes around the word leader then? i'm only watching your lips. if you were to type that, would there be quotes around leaders? >> yes. >> thank you. i rest my case. >> i'm willing to take those quotes off. >> if they show that they are truly leaders without quotes. >> i come to work every day, my tallahassee paycheck, still in my wallet. i was a reporter. i made $137 a week. and if i had seen that go down to 127, i would have been angry. that was my subsistence. there are people who play for dinner in this country and their subsistence are on the line and they're going to be furious. but they're not going to get furious until they see their paycheck. >> it's going to impact gdp in the first quarter, and the second quarter. americans are feeling like they're protected from the democrats? because they're in lower income households? but they won't be. their paychecks will be less because the payroll tax cut will be gone. the amt, also gone. that will affect
but mandy has been celebrating boxing day all day. we didn't get any presents from lawmakers in washington yet. we're still five days away from falling off the proverbial fiscal cliff and wall street, like everybody else, is waiting for some kind of a solution here, and as you can see by today's numbers the waiting game continues, although we thank brian sullivan and you, mandy, for bringing us back to positive territory in the last hour. >> i'm not sure we can take credit but we'll take it. >> the dow is up a fraction at the moment. 13,139 after a meandering much of the day. the nasdaq hardest hit today. technology has been very volatile recently. still down a fraction right now. 13 points, fraction percentage-wise and the s&p is down 3.33 at 1423. five days left until the fiscal cliff deadline, and though the market has been very resilient to this point, what happens if we go over the cliff and if lawmakers cannot get it together come january 1st? will it be a big meltdown for wall street? that's what everybody wants to know. >> certainly hope know. in today's "closing bell" exchange, fo
in just a few minutes. stocks are steady. talks continuing in washington. we are just down about 12 points on the dow jones industrial average, 27 days until america goes over that fiscal cliff. the president just finished answering questions on the issue after meeting with governors at the white house and our political correspondent, john harwood is live at the white house and eamon javers is talking with key congressional players on those talks. john, first to you. >> reporter: the president talked to our colleagues at bloomberg and talked about the republican offer from speaker boehner on the fiscal cliff resolution. he said it was out of balance because the speaker has not agreed to rate increases but the president identified a two-step process by which he is hoping still to reach an agreement before the end of the year, if he can get republicans to give on the top rate. he said that first of all, we can't do a fundamental tax reform in the next two weeks. we simply have to have a down payment before the end of the year and then commit to tax and entitlement reform during the year of 2
live to washington. the very latest details. >>> and michael phelps' pick for the athlete of the year. this is a surprise. this guy, he never wins anything. good morning. welcome to "early start," everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. it's nice to have you with us. it is early, 5:00 a.m. in the east. the fury of the first winter storm is making holiday travel very difficult if not impossible. today new england is expected to get slammed by that storm. at least seven traffic-related deaths in four states are blamed on this crazy severe weather. as the storm barrelled through the plains and the great lakes, more than a foot of wet, heavy snow fell in parts of iowa and wisconsin. there were hundreds of flights canceled right at the height of the holiday travel, as you very well know. check this out. power lines sparking. look at that. and snapping. >> holy -- wow. >> and the storm's worst, 400,000 power customers in the region had no electricity. that number was down to 133,000 by yesterday afternoon. rob marciano, you are busy tracking it all at the cnn weather center in a
. and preparation now of weapons like sarin gas. more on that coming up in just a bit. >>> also from washington right now, fox news has confirmed that the fbi is today investigating who hacked into the computers of our retired admiral mike mullen and read his e-mails. this guy's the former chairman of the joint chiefs. and they're in his personal computer. the bureau discovered that someone had read the e-mails of the former chairman of the joint chiefs back in october of this year, and we are told that all the clues point to someone in china. john lucas is an internet security expert and the international president of high-tech crime experts. did i get your last anytime right? >> close. megyn: thanks for the clarification. now, he's on his personal computer, but he's on government sort of property doing work for the government on his personal computer, and he's talking to people who still have all the clearances and so on, and why do we believe it was the chinese? >> well, what happens is when the fbi or anybody gets involved and started tracking this back, we're going to trace the ip addresse
standard, steven haze. welcome. great to have you here. i want to start with the conversation in washington and what the speaker had to say about the status of the fiscal here is mr. boehner. >> this is in the progress report because there is no progress to report. when it comes to the fiscal cliff that is turning our economy and jobs, the white hhuse is wasted another week. gerri: what do you say? we wasted another week. we seem to be getting nowhere, and now folks are saying the president is trying to entice us of the fiscal cliff. >> look, i think they're actually some pretty strong incentives for the president to take the country over the fiscal cliff. if you look at what the president's stance to gain if the country goes over the fiscal cliff, there are very clear and identifiable things. on the one hand the president could identify himself as a tax cutter. he could say -- on january 1st the president in terms of the country and say, now in favor of cutting these taxes that have been raised because we did not solve this before the fiscal cliff. he can turn and say to my want to restore
afternoon. it's tuesday, december 11th, and have no fear, we are here. we've traveled to washington in order to offer our love and support to a republican party in deep crisis. >> the president and i met on sunday. it was a nice meeting, cordial. >> who in america is betting on john boehner. >> right now the american people have to be scratching their heads and wondering when is the president going to get serious? >> i think people are scratching their head at why we just had to watch that. >> i'm willing to compromise a little bit. >> boehner does not have unity behind him. >> there is probably a slightly better than 50/50 chance that there will be a deal. >> i don't think there's a republican alive who can stop what is going to happen. >> how about manning up here, mr. president? >> they just have nowhere to go in this debate. >> big labor is furious. >> i actually don't view this as anti-union. ♪ >> not only did our commander in chief sit through this anti-american performance, he was caught on camera shaking his hand. >> why would he even be in the same room with this guy? that to me i
. the folks have not been able to get along. nothing is happening in washington, d.c. it's gridlock. so we have got to change something. we tried to change the white house. we were not able to get that done unfortunately. so now we need to look at new leadership. kevin mccarthy, cathy mcmorris rogers. you know, we have got a good group of folks to pick from. i think john boehner's days are just done. it's not working. let's look at someone else. >> laura: chris, i had a well-placed conservative voice today on the hill, email me and said he is beginning to hear rumblings. i already gave something away. he. beginning to hear rumblings of a move to replace the speaker of the house. we're in the middle of this tussle with the democrats. more than a tussle. and is that the right time to put that out there and people are floating the name of paul ryan to be house speaker. but ryan did support, i believe, plan b, did he not? >> yes. and, you know what, laura? you are always going to hear that type of rumblings. in the middle of this disaster, which is, you know, this discussion over nothing, basi
states well above 2%. is anything that is happening in washington right now going to contribute? not at all. connell: you might as well come up with something. just make the most of it and move on. >> i would like to see the so questioner. it would show the united states can reduce spending. i think it would have a very positive affect. i do not think it reduces spending enough that it would have any real material effect on the economy. all right, dan, thank you very much. good stuff. talk about this number. 3.1%. on the surface, just look at that, that is not bad. john riding is here now to say that recession is, believe it or not, not off the table. >> absolutely. only if we go over the cliff in 2013. i am not worried about the spending side. it is the hundred billion dollars. it is the tax side that is the real issue. the economy is growing at two. we cannot make that. connell: we will talk about housing a little bit later. >> these are all good numbers. if you give the economy a chance, we could have that growth in 2013. connell: if you give the economy a chance. patch is ba
of the year. >> steve: not since mr. smith went to washington has the movie inspired the senate. harry reid rled it out. it is the end of the year. >> brian: it was incredible to watch the president have a 45 minute press conference and john boehner have a 45 second. >> steve: sometimes less is more . >> brian: they are not getting along. >> gretchen: one good message from the lincoln movie other than not getting assassinated. he set out what to do >> brian: he won over leaps and bounds in order to get a deal >> chris: he did. >> gretchen: that's what they are doing now. or trying tompt approaching the fiscal cliff. the democratic senate took the night off to watch the movie. doug is in washington with us. were you invited. >> of course not. you have to figure out the pop corn was free . the movie was free . we know that they love free stuff here in washington. free movie tickets may have been tough for the guys to resist. it is possible that watching the lincoln movie, may have inspired the members of congress. at the very least. we know that a minimum of 150 minutes last night. two and ha
, it is carlos gutierrez. he has seen the interworking is a washington as secretary of commerce, but he also turned around it publicly traded qaeda -- iconic company. the shares of kellog moved around. now is moved to banking. he is joining me now on the first on fox business interview, and i want to let our viewers know the genesis of this. i ran into you in washington d.c. at the airport just a week and have caught two weeks ago. asset to me you have to come on the show because i thought your opinions are very interesting. right now, let's work with the news that we have today. john boehner saying 1 million, that is what people should have expiration on the tax threshold. the president moving from to 50 the possibly 400,000. will we have a deal? >> i think so. my opinion is that if we have to go over the fiscal cliff to get a good deal, we might as well bite the bullet now. do it now, and fro and the debt ceiling. it is a big -- liz: throw in the debt ceiling, you mean the republicans should use that in their back pocket? >> absolutely. it is to no one's benefit to have a debate in march a
of congress. washingtons in the rearview see, and everybody else is getting ahead of them. >> right. i say that's like every other day in america whe the rest of the world as head of congress. [laughter] gerri: how is this different? [laughter] >> i think that's right. i think what we're seeing in public is a little bit different from all rehearsing in private. what you're lily to see is republicans agree to some kind of decoupling of the tax rate issue, whether the do it and this proposal that has ben floated thathey vote present and let the president and democrats on the issue or whether they free up -- hether john boehner frieze of members of congress to vote for some kind of a compromise that would include a rise in rates on the wealthy. i don't know what the mechanisms will be, but yu have the negotiations taking place on the one hand, and on the other hand you have negotiations on all the rest of the stuff which is likely to be lumped into some kind of an omnibus bll a sries of bills at the end o the year struck the last minute to bail us out of this issue. likely to include a bunch
to a compromise? we go back to cnbc's eamon javers who joins us from washington with all the details. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, larry. you're right, they did meet today. it was a surprise meeting not announced as the previous meetings between the two men have been in past weeks. so we know that the meeting lasted about 45 minutes and that treasury secretary tim geithner also attended. what we don't know is whether the two men came to any deal or not or advanced the discussions in any way today. what we do know is that up here on capitol hill, senator harry reid, the democratic leader, suggested to his fellow senators that they might consider coming back on december 26th, the day after christmas, to finish up the fiscal cliff which suggests to you that they might be heading down the path toward a deal, although that is not set in stone. meanwhile, over at the white house, the press secretary, jay carney, was asked about where the president stands on the fiscal cliff. and he did his best to give as invasive an answer as possible and keep the negotiating wiggle room open. take a listen
. i want to get to washington with some of the latest headlines regarding speaker boehner and what eamon is referring to as plan b. >> what we know is the speaker is in the basement of the capital building here right now, meeting with republican lawmakers to brief them on the status of the fiscal cliff negotiation, and what a gop leadership aide is now telling news news is the speaker is now prepared to offer what he's calling a plan b, or a modified plan b in which we don't do the grand big deal that the president and speaker of the negotiating on, but instead do something much smaller that would eliminate the pending tax increases for all americans, the speaker saying that he would like to have some kind of a deal, a modified scaled-down proposal now that would eliminate those for as many people as he can. the details are very sketchy on what modified plan b actually means in practice. but basically, it's something he can keep in his hip pocket right now in case these negotiations with the president don't bear fruit. and presumably what we're talking about here, carl, is a little
'm alina cho in new york. >> and i'm dana bash in washington. john and zoraida are off. >> a developing story in afghanistan. an adviser to the afghan police has been shot and killed by a woman wearing an afghan police uniform. the latest in the series of green on blue insider attacks and our pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us live with details on that. good morning. how unusual is this? >> well, alana, sadly this is a story we've report sod often during the year, haven't we? the details on this attack are different in one respect. as far as we know this is a case where a woman, an afghan woman in a police uniform conducted this shooting and killing. a contractor in cab uhl police headquarters. the nato alliance has already announced the incident but not said the nationality officially of the contractor involved. this typically does not happen where the perpetrator is a woman. they are going to have to determine, of course, if she really was an afghan police officer or perhaps the uniform was stolen or she somehow came into possession of it. a continuing issue in afghanistan
. lori: a showdown in washington. sparring over a dead deal. it does not look like either party is ready to budge. where are we now, rich we are still in the middle of a work in progress. that could be a little bit of an understatement. democrats say they want a commitment from her republicans. basically, we are in the same spot. here we are at the 11th hour and the president still is not. about dealing with this issue right here. it is this issue. spending. >> the public posturing continues. there is a questioning today about whether or not we get to the point where tax rates are ready to increase on nearly every taxpaying american. the speaker would not comment. back to you. lori: so frustrating. rich edson, thank you so much for that update. lori: we will be on pins and needles for a while. the voters are sending mixed signals. voters think the best way to deal with the countries deficit problem is mostly with cuts and government spending. majorities say major spending cuts are necessary. that solely raising taxes on the wealthy is not enough. even so, the most popular is raise taxes
of credit to the fed, perhaps, but also feel the debate shifted yesterday in washington. i began to hear way too many people say, you know what the president is curiously unengaged when it comes to cuts. i have always felt the president had the upper hand in this debate. i listened to bernanke and bernanke says, listen, i know they aren't going to come to deal. i see a lot of republicans on air saying we start to understand what they are they want as cuts. not hearing anything from the president. made me feel grim about the fiscal cliff, good about what the fed wants to do, very grim about the power of the fed, beyond what it's already done. >> the "wall street journal"/nbc news poll of americans about the fiscal cliff, some very interesting findings, just to that point, jim, two-thirds polled want congress to strike a deal and cut the budget, even if that means social security and medicare cuts. so, according to this poll, the people are saying, yes, go ahead, cut entitlements and say that obama has a mandate, among those that did not vote for obama, they have -- that they say that there is
with our xaernt washington correspondents. good morning, john. were you up all night? >> not all night, but we stayed on, of course, until 9:00 after it was clear that the house alternative had collapsed. but, joe, i was listening to your conversation earlier. this is not about the far left and the far right. this is about the republican party not being able to get its act together and figuring out and strategy and pursuing a strategy. >> i watched the press conference yesterday. all the reporterses, all the mainstream media reporters were saying, mr. boehner, why are you going through this exercise? this is an exercise in futility. why are you doing this? why even hold the vote? and then he can't do it and now all of you are going, see, see, you can't even do it. >> but it does raise questions about what this means for -- >> joe, it's not about the mainstream media. it's about the inability of this republican party to face the -- face political reality. the president was re-elected. his positions are much more popular where the country than theirs. they are locked into a caucus in the
. the more wall street washington is rising above, the higher the market goes. >> rejection of how john boehner's plan "b" thatty had came out with today. the major averages are all trading around two-month highs today because it seems like progress is still being made on some kind of a deal. here's where we stand right now. the dow up 98 points, was up 125 at the high, and then the white house rejected and some comments by senate majority leader harry reid on that so-called plan "b" proposal from john boehner, sort of took some of the wind out of the sails. nasdaq still up 1.25%, a 3348 and the s&p 500 index is up 12-plus points right now at 1443. >> while the dow on pace for the first back-to-back triple-digit gains in nearly five months. can we hold on for the final hour? >> let's talk about that in our closing bell exchange. carol roth, the author of "entrepreneurial equation" is with us. from chicago, keith springer from springer financial adviser and john carpina is on the floor with us, and rick santelli, of course, is in chicago as well. carol, you've been skeptical about this m
in washington. a rough friday before christmas. is the fiscal cliff already here? >>> church bells will ring 26 times for the victims in sandsy hook. one week after the terrible tragedy. >>> friday, december 21st. "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, a major political blow for house speaker john boehner, one that will affect his position. house republicans abandons him, and it forced the speaker to cancel a vote on plan "b" which would have extended bush tax cuts on incomes below $1 million. congressional correspondent dana bash there was and watched it unfold. walk us through what happened? >> it really was stunning. that is the perfect word, soledad. i was watching all day, talking to republicans to try and figure out if the speaker had the votes. really hard to imagine he was so far out. so far out on this being a strategy. republicans want to prove that they won't let things go up. i was watching earlier votes. watching the speaker's team on the floor, trying to twist arms and trying to get republican votes, and clear from the expressions on their faces it was not going well
reid in washington. cheryl: hold your vote on plan b but it will get nowhere in the senate, right after that but there will be a lot of wrangling going on. it is all in the negotiation, a little back and forth. melissa: so much theater. i am melissa frances. lori: i am lori rothman. this is the real deal. no kabuki theater here. this takes the spotlight on capitol hill with the clock counting down, any chance plan a, b will pass in time? john boehner expected to speak about the cliff in 15 minutes, we will bring those compelling comments live. melissa: the national federation of independent business met with the president yesterday about the cliff. he will join us in a moment. american banks on guard for a new round of cyberattacks. your money could be at risk. we will talk to one cybersecurity expert who helps banks, stock exchanges or more protect themselves from attack. lori: a blockbuster deal for the intercontinental exchange, taking over the 200-year-old wall street institution in an $8 billion deal. charlie gasparino has new details. let's get updated on the markets, stocks belon
of the market is much better than the tone out of washington. like i said, there's always ait. right here on "mad money." i'm jim cramer and i'll see you tomorrow. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. so a crucial moment for our economy and for our right to bear arms. high drama on capitol hill right now as house republican speaker john boehner looks to pass his plan b fiscal cliff bill in a million dollar tax threshold. votes aren't there yet. that's why we are following this live through the whole thing this evening. >>> and as the president's new anti-gun violence task force starts work, we learn that now outside experts have yet joined that panel. meanwhile, the debate on gun control rages across the country. tonight we will hear from outspoken tv host piers morgan and former new york mayor rudolph giuliani. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up, the latest on the vote of plan b. the plan b bill sponsored by john boehner that may decide how deep into january they have to go for a solution. may decide the fate of the economy and the stock market and decide the fat
and it is a busy day in washington, d.c. the president just made his announcement that senator john kerry of massachusetts is his choice to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. but his business yea day started with a moment of silence to remember the victims at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. from wall street to main street, millions of americans stopped to remember the 20 children whose precious lives were so senselessly cut short in a high-tech hail of bullets. [ bell tolling ] they stopped to remember the children, chase, charlotte, daniel and caroline among them who won't be celebrating christmas next week or ever again. their loss and the painful thought of the lives that might have been have rekindled a call to action against guns that politicians in both parties have muzzled for 20 years. and as americans mourned and strengthened their resolve to put an end once and for all to the slaughter of the innocents, the nra broke its silence with a diatribe dressed up as a press conference from the nation's number one apologist for gun violence. >> vicious,
of washington. the news wasn't great but it wasn't we are so far away, we won't do anything until january. the news was more of the same. at the end of the day buyers stepped in, volatility continued to rise, the vix futures rose, coming off of a low-level, these investors stole the marketplace as well they should buy protection. ashley: thank you, we will check in with you in a few minutes to see how the is in the futures close. liz: and investment council chief investment strategist, fifth third bank chief -- on a day like today a few more trading days in the year. i want to start with robert here, pretty bullish. to what do you ascribe that? we had a very indecisive day until the last couple minutes. >> i don't think about and on the trading day. the mathematics look great in the market with 5% real earnings yield against the bond market that is so overvalued that it is hard mathematically not to be bullish about this long term. liz: what do you mean by that? >> if you look at the valuation of common stocks, we can talk about dividend yields relative to the bond market but if you just
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